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Severn Arts supports wider arts provision in Worcestershire in collaboration with the County Arts Team, Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP) and a range of other arts organisations and venues. Each summer Severn Arts, WAP and a number of partners organise the Voices and Visions Festival of Arts and Music, featuring a range of exhibitions and performances around the county.

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County Arts Service

The County Arts Service sits within the Worcestershire County Council Children’s Families and Communities Team and has a remit of getting great outcomes for the people of Worcestershire through arts projects and activities. It is led by Steve Wilson, The County Arts Officer and supported by Diane Thomson and Sue Church. The Service primarily drives the Worcestershire Arts Partnership but also delivers the County Arts Education project, Voices and Visions in conjunction with Severn Arts. The service supports the arts sector through grants, business and artistic advice and through delivering project. For more information contact Steve Wilson on [email protected]

Worcestershire Arts Partnership

The Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP) began in 2010 as a way of bringing together the many different art stake holders in the county. This includes members of the professional, amateur and voluntary arts sector, local authority officers from both the arts and non-arts sectors, The University of Worcester, Arts Council England, The Elmley Foundation and leading arts freelancers. It now has four working sub groups and engages actively with over 80 arts organisations and artists in the county. It is currently chaired by Professor Judith Elkin.

A new Arts Strategy for Worcestershire 2016 to 2019 – “1000 Days” launched in October 2016. 1000 days is the period of time over which the Strategy will be delivered and will highlight the many stories and positive impact the arts has had on numerous people and communities.

Please take a look at the strategy and accompanying action plan to discover the ambitious aims to build a stronger and more resilient arts sector within Worcestershire.

1000 Days Strategy


Voices and Visions

Voices and Visions was established in 1999 and is the leading arts project for schools, arts organisations and young people in Worcestershire.

The project provides exhibition, performing and learning opportunities for schools and those sectors who work with young people in Worcestershire.

The project is managed by the County Arts Service through the Children and Young People’s Group of the Worcestershire Arts Partnership. For more information please contact Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer on 01905 845754 or by email.

Voices and Visions Membership Scheme

Benefits include:

  • Priority booking for Voices and Visions performances
  • Priority booking for training and CPD opportunities
  • Free or discounted fees for training
  • Regular updates from The Worcestershire Arts Partnership
  • Regular updates from Arts Connect, the Bridge organisation for the West Midlands
  • Being part of the biggest network of schools, artists and arts organisations in the county
  • Links to artists and arts organisations in the county
  • To be a named Arts Ambassador within your school
  • To be given first notice on projects that come through the work of the Worcestershire Arts Partnership

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